Royal Navy digs out world’s most remote post office from Antarctic snow

The Royal Navy has come to the aid of four UK women working at an isolated Antarctic scientific base after its buildings were buried in heavy snow.

Sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Protector spent two days digging out the Port Lockroy site.

The damaged roof of Bransfield Hut – home to a museum, gift shop and world’s most remote post office – was fixed.

The women beat 6,000 applicants to manage the base and share the island with a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Clare Ballantyne, Mairi Hilton, Natalie Corbett and Lucy Bruzzone accepted the task of reopening the site 9,000 miles from the UK in October after the coronavirus pandemic.

They were setting up, assisted by three other staff who are leaving shortly, ahead of the austral summer – which falls between November to February in the southern hemisphere – when heavy snowfall of between two and four metres (6-12ft) deep arrived.

The team from HMS Protector shifted several tonnes of snow and carried out temporary repairs.

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